09 October 2018 Read: 157
Many people work after retirement and either stay in a related field or move into something completely different. Mark Geere (60) recently retired from Stevens Lumber Mills outside Haenertsburg. He’d been a silviculture and harvesting forester for 38 years. Born in Benoni, Mark did his four year diploma in Forestry at Saasveld College in George. He put himself through College and started at Woodbush in 1980, a Government organization, under the leadership of Peet Reyneke who taught him the practical side of forestry. Mark paid his studies back over four years.
He worked for the Government for seven years during which time he met his wife Glynis and daughters, Tammy and Michelle. Thereafter he joined Mondi Forest in 1987 where he worked in Haenertsburg and Makhado under the management team of Frank Terink and Keith Moldenhauer (a local resident on the Mountain), until 2000. He then joined Stevens Lumber Mills until his retirement in 2018.
With his background and thorough knowledge, Mark is now selling forestry and bushveld chemicals for Ecoguard. Ecoguard products are specifically aimed at eradicating alien invasive species like bugweed, wattle, bramble, lantana, clover in lawns, sekel bos and other invasive species. The chemicals take effect over different periods of time. One example is Sabre or Starane chemical which can be sprayed over pine, blue gum, avos, and garden flowers as they only target bugweed.
Mark will also concentrate on farmers’ fence lines. Electric fences need to be effective to protect their crops and staff.
There are various kinds of chemicals available from Ecoguard and they target invasive species and do not affect indigenous bush or wild life.
Mark’s markets are forestry and game farms from Bela Bela, Makhado to Hoedspruit.
Ecoguard supplies chemicals, knapsacks sprayers, spares and protective clothing. Ecoguard is a South African product with their head office in Howick, KwaZulu-Natal. Mark deals with the regional manager in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga.
Dyes, in red, blue, yellow or black, are also used so that the farmers can see how far the workers have progressed.
Mark will advise farmers on all weed problematic areas and has been doing so for many years.